Presentation on theme: "Saudi Space Activities National Satellite Technology Program KACST April 2010 Haithem Altwaijry Deputy Director National Satellite Technology Program King."— Presentation transcript:
Saudi Space Activities National Satellite Technology Program KACST April 2010 Haithem Altwaijry Deputy Director National Satellite Technology Program King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
Space Technology Strategy under Saudi National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan Saudi Arabian Space Program at KACST: National Satellite Technology Program 12 Satellites in 10 years 150+ Saudi Satellite specialists World-Class AIT Facility Scientific Missions : GP-B, STAR, STEP Space Research Institute Saudi Center for Remote Sensing GIS Center Overview
National Science and Technology Policy: Origins and Achievements KACST was directed by its charter: –to “propose a national policy for the development of science and technology and to devise the strategy and necessary plans to implement them.” –to coordinate with government agencies, scientific institutions and research centers in the Kingdom to enhance research; exchange information and expertise; and avoid duplication of effort.
KACST-Ministry of Planning Collaboration The Kingdom is the first in the region to embark on a national S&T policy Three years of intense deliberations with stakeholders Over 500 participants from research, academia, industry, government and non- governmental organizations The Council of Ministers approved the comprehensive National Science and Technology Policy on the 8th of July 2002 National Science and Technology Policy: Origins and Achievements
Join the advanced knowledge-based economies with a highly competitive economies with a highly competitive STI ecosystem by 2025 Transform to a knowledge-based economy and society, joining the advanced industrial nations 4th 5y Plan (2025) Become a leading country in STI in Asia 3rd 5y Plan (2020) Become a leading country in STI in the region 2nd 5y Plan (2015) Establish infrastructure for science, technology and innovation 1st 5y Plan (2010) Long-term Vision
Transfer, develop and localize technology Scientific and technical human resources Diversify financial support resources Science, technology and society Identify strategic and advanced technologies Further scientific research & technical development capabilities Programs and Technology Priorities
Petrochemicals Biotechnology Information Technology Energy Environment Nanotechnology Electronics and Communications Oil and Gas Advanced Materials Water Technology Priorities for the Kingdom
AreasAreas –Earth observation –Navigation –Telecommunications –Geodesy –Space science and Space Environment ApplicationsApplications –Development of Satellite Systems –Space Services –Science Missions Space Technology Strategy Priority Areas in Space Platforms
AreasAreas –Change detection and monitoring –Natural hazards –National spatial data infrastructure ApplicationsApplications –Urban development –Vegetation –Pattern recognition –Dust storms –Flood –Fires (forest, brush-fires) –Regulations and standards –Intelligent transport systems Space Technology Strategy Priority Areas in Remote Sensing and GIS
–The Saudi satellite program started in 1998 –Satellite Technology Center established within Space Research Institute at KACST –SaudiSat 1A &1B launched September 2000, later designated Saudi-Oscar 41 and 42 by AMSAT –Goal to build Saudi human capital and the infrastructure needed for a commercial satellite program –SaudiSat 1C launched December 2002, transmitted live images via its on-board camera, later designated Saudi-Oscar 50 –First experimental earth observation satellite; SaudiSat 2 launched June 2004 –Saudi satellite program began commercial activities in 2004 with launch of Saudi-ComSat –First Saudi remote sensing satellite; SaudiSat 3 launched 2007 –Establishment of the National Satellite Technology Program (NSTP) in 2007 Saudi Space Program Overview
The most advanced satellite program in the region Developed, Manufactured, Tested, Launched and Operated 10 satellites for data communications 2 Remote Sensing satellites National Satellite Technology Program
Currently established (at KACST) design and production facility AIT facility two ground stations Recruited and Trained more than 150 nationals and growing National Satellite Technology Program
SatellitesLaunch Date MissionHighlights Saudisat 1 A2000Data CommunicationsOpened for Amateurs Saudisat 1 B2000Data CommunicationsOpened for Amateurs Saudisat 1 C2002Data CommunicationsFirst Video Imaging Saudisat 22004Remote SensingHR Video Imaging Saudicomsat 12004Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudicomsat 22004Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudicomsat 32007Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudicomsat 42007Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudicomsat 52007Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudicomsat 62007Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudicomsat 72007Data CommunicationsCommercial Applications Saudisat 32007Remote SensingCommercial RS – 2.5 m Pan Saudi Satellites
Space Scientific Research KACST focuses on Space scientific research and development and enters in international collaboration agreements with the leading agencies. International Collaborations Stanford University Gravity Probe B data analysis, UV LED flight experiment, Spacecraft Bus design and launch, Angular Grating flight experiment, Spacecraft Bus design and launch, Space Time Asymmetry Research (STAR) NASA NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center an affiliate research center NASA Ames Research Center (STAR in collaboration with Stanford University, UV LED, Angular Grating, LEO science and technology demonstrator missions Texas A&M University Near Earth Object studies
Saudi Center for Remote Sensing and GIS Centers SCRS receives, provides and distributes space related information to private and public sectors. In addition, it conducts remote sensing applied research to help with the Kingdom’s development efforts and provides KACST GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Center with all corrected satellites images. IKONOS GISC conducts applied research and studies on GIS and leads the unification of the national standards and specifications of GIS, sets the regulations, and controls of information exchange and update. Develops various models of GIS and implements joint projects with related bodies.